Bertrand Duchaufour is one of my favourite perfumers of all time. Whenever a new perfume is released that he has created, I scramble to the computer and order a sample as quickly as possible. In fact when I started down this perfume rabbit hole I was initially concentrating on Duchaufour creations.
A few years ago I discovered the world of leather fragrances and have fallen deeper down the hole than I ever thought possible. Taking into account the sheer number of perfume releases in any given year year and that 2015 is bringing a couple of leather perfumes on the market it is such a pleasure to find a beautiful creation like The Different Company’s I miss Violet which is quickly turning into one of my favourite fragrances of the year.
I have always dreamed of living the jet-setting life – haven’t we all? Well, Violet is a world traveller – jetting from Paris, to Venice and on to Hong Kong with a signature fragrance. Does Violet have lovers scattered throughout the world – dreaming of her and her scent trail? What kind of a perfume would somebody like this wear? It has to be elegant, classy, not too sweet and memorable.
Bertrand Duchaufour wanted to create a modern violet (floral leather) perfume and he certainly succeeded in doing so with I miss Violet.
The notes list is long and complex and I will leave it out so I don’t get tempted to pick apart each note and so you, dear reader, won’t be swayed one way or another. I will however cue you in on some of the notes but not all of them.This is a perfume worthy of trying so if you will allow me please let me explain to you my experience.
On first spray I am noticing that I miss Violet goes on chilly – not smell but temperature. This has the comforting effect of cooling my skin (which by the way works beautifully in 30+ degree weather with no AC). The perfume opens up slightly floral and fizzy – imagine a champagne vibe to it like sipping a glass of Bollinger where the bubbles provide a taste of subtle fruit and florals. There is an undertone of earthy notes (no fruit) so that it is not an over the top fizzy opening. This phase lasts a good 45 minutes and then some florals arrive on the scene.
The florals are not as the name suggests violet centric, in fact I do not get much of violet at all. There are several florals intertwined which makes this a winner for me. I get a dash of iris and some fresh notes but most importantly for me I get osmanthus which I adore. It is a waxy osmanthus feeling that I experience. The osmanthus intertwined with iris and the champagne accord are swirling intoxicatingly and the perfume then starts to feel like suede – the most supple suede you can imagine.
I miss Violet is a beautiful floral leather perfume and when I have my pennies saved I will be purchasing a full bottle.
Please do chime in and let me know if you have tried I miss Violet or if you would like to. Also I would love to hear what new leather fragrances you have recently tried which I should explore as I cannot seem to get enough of them.